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Quincy election turnout "unbelievable"

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  November 6, 2012 04:12 PM

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IMG_1831.jpgView more photos from Election Day in Quincy here.

Turnout at many of Quincy's 30 polling places was high on Tuesday, as residents came to vote on decisions on 12 races and three questions.

At the Wollaston School, clerk Gigi Thompson said the turnout was "unbelievable" today. "They were standing outside this morning," she said of the line.

Although workers were anticipating a heavy turnout, the numbers are higher than expected, and might even exceed those of 2008.

"We have a lot of young kids [voting for the first time]," Thompson said. "It's funny to see them."

Nicholas Ryan, 18, was voting for the first time himself alongside his mother, Jeanne Ryan, 46.

Both said the questions were what brought them to the polls.

At the Fore River Club in Quincy, clerk Chickie Abdallah said over 650 had voted as of early Tuesday afternoon.

"We've had the line go out the door a couple of's been steady, which we knew it would be, being a presidential," Abdallah said.

John Swanson, a registrar, said the high turnout is good for the poll workers, who saw little action during the primary in September.

At the Quincy city clerk's office, the phone was ringing off the hook, and Maureen Hallsen, the assistant city clerk, said it had been like that all day.

"Our phones have been backed up. There's six coming in but we still have voicemails," she said.

At the Thomas Crane Public Library, voting had slowed down by 2 p.m., but almost 700 people has cast a ballot at the precinct.

For Kristen Sorensen, 23, and her father, Doug Sorensen, it didn't matter what the polls looked like, voting was a necessity.

"This is the election of our lifetime, and I think the choices are pretty clear," said Doug, who voted for both Romney and Brown.

If not for voters, the election is one of a lifetime for US Representative Stephen Lynch, who declined to discuss his feelings on the race, but referenced the busy day.

"Turnout is great, so that helps. But between the presidential and Senate race, they have beat the bushes," he said.

Polls are open until 8 p.m., and you can check out a sample ballot before hand right here. For the first time, Quincy voters will be able to vote on a bilingual ballot in English and Chinese.

Along with the race for president and US Senate, voters will be asked to chose between Stephen Lynch and Joe Selvaggi for House of Representatives, and John Gillis and Francis O’Brien for county commissioner.

Other local races are uncontested.

Voters will also be asked to make decisions in three main areas.

The first asks voters to force car manufacturers to release diagnostic and repair information, usually sent to manufacturer’s dealers and in-state authorized repair facilities, to owners, allowing for more wide-spread repair abilities.

Question 2 allows physicians to prescribe a terminally ill patient medication that would end that patient’s life.

Question 3 would eliminate state criminal and civil penalties for the medical use of marijuana for qualifying patients.

To view a sample ballot, click here.

To find where to vote, click here.

To view a list of all polling places, click here.

To follow the election on Twitter, follow @jessmayb3 or @YourTownQuincy for updates throughout the day. #mavote

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